Adaptation Plan

for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Creating a resilient, net-zero Devon, where people and nature thrive!

Introduction

Devon Climate Emergency is working on the development of two key plans: the Devon Carbon Plan, and the Adaptation Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Together, these plans will help the Southwest both mitigate, and adapt to climate change.

The Adaptation Plan is intended to help communities across the Southwest to better understand the risks their area might face in future, as climate change increasingly affects the UK. It will also help them to adapt to these changes, by identifying the parties responsible for ensuring community safety.

Structure

Development of the Adaptation Plan is being overseen by the Climate Impacts Group. This group is responsible for assessing the impacts faced in the Southwest region, and reviewing current levels of community preparedness for a warmer world.

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Our progress so far…

The Climate Impacts Group has produced climate projections for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to 2059, with the support of the Met Office. The group has reviewed the projections and interpreted its implications for public health, flood risk and the environment in the South West.

This work has lead to the creation of a draft Climate Change Risk Register – a document which identifies the range of climate impacts that the South West is facing, and scores each of them depending on their likelihood and potential impact. Our next step is to identify the parties responsible for responding to each risk, and to address any existing gaps in our preparedness for climate adaptation.

Once the existing gaps have been assessed and remedied, we will move on to creating our Adaptation Plan, which will then be put to key stakeholders and the general public for consultation.

After the consultation is complete, we will be able to incorporate any feedback before finalizing the plan and working with organizations to put it into practice.

Taking Action

Heritage & Climate Adaptation: YouTube Series

14/12/21

This YouTube series explores how discovering more about our heritage can help us culturally respond to the increasing effects of climate change on our coastal communities. Understanding our environmental heritage, and seeing how changes to our climate have historically affected our coastal societies and industries, can help us build resilience towards an increasingly unstable future.

Tool (LCAT) at COP26

06/11/21

Recently, we spoke to Peter Lefort from the University of Exeter, who presented an exciting project in the Green Zone at COP26. The Local Climate Adaptation Tool (LCAT) is a tool designed to help regional decision-makers better understand the future impacts of climate change in their area, and adapt accordingly. Peter explains the scope of the project, as well as its importance, in the following video interview.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Devon

Earlier this summer, members of the Devon Climate Assembly also heard evidence about the impacts of climate change on Devon. To learn about how Devon might be affected by climate change, take a look at the following video.

Learning Resources

Learning about the potential climate risks we face here in the UK can seem like a daunting task. Here, we have put together some resources to help you understand how our climate is changing, and will continue to change as the effects of global warming increase.

Factsheet for Children and Young People

This fact sheet was developed by UK Climate Risk as part of an independent assessment into how climate change will impact the United Kingdom. It explains the difference between weather and climate; explains how and why the UK’s climate is changing, and informs readers about what needs to be done to help the UK adapt.

Video explaining UK Climate Risk

Developed by the Climate Change Committee, this accessible video explains how climate change is currently impacting the UK, before outlining what we need to do to adapt.

Climate Impact Reports

Here are links to our Climate Impact Reports, which demonstrate the effects climate change will have on the health, safety and wellbeing of communities in Devon.